As a company, Regency has always been driven by its values. We care deeply about serving customers well, valuing employees, and making an impact in the world around us.
Early last year, we announced our plans to help build an orphanage in Haiti, inviting our vendors to join us in the endeavor. That project, along with some of the other charitable work we've backed as a company, recently caught the eye of trade publication US Builders Review, which wrote a feature on the social responsibility arm of Regency.
The publication caught up with Owner and President Isaac Regenstreif for an interview. Below is an excerpt from that part of the story.
“For us, there had to be something more than just making money and being successful,” says Owner and President Isaac Regenstreif, whose father, Ron, founded the company four decades ago with
“I believe people are looking for meaning in what they do, and for us, we believe that we can use our success to help make an impact on the world around us,” Regenstreif says.
The benefit of charitable giving is not just for the individuals and organizations who are supported by Regency Lighting, Isaac says, but also for employees.
“When people feel like they are working towards something bigger than just their paycheck or making the company money, it helps give them
More about Regency's work in Haiti
After Regency CEO Ron Regenstreif took a trip to Haiti in 2015, he was moved to do something about the poverty he saw.
In March 2016, we announced the "Building for a Purpose" campaign –– our effort to make a difference for the orphaned of Haiti. Later that year, we began to build the orphanage, which is currently home to more 78
Construction on a vocational training center on the same premises is underway, and a handful of vendors have partnered with Regency to build out specific areas of the center. Satco helped sponsor the construction of the mechanic training center, Barron gave toward the welding center, and TCP helped fund the center's dining hall. LFI also contributed to the general project.
We hope to bring some of these vendors, and others, back with us in September, when a team from Regency is scheduled to make a visit to continue on the construction of the vocational training center.
We are still funding other parts of the project, including an operational bakery and restaurant, a fish farm, a classroom, and a sewing unit. If you're interested in getting involved or learning more, please email
Sylvania, Deco, LFI, and Visionaire were key vendors, along with several others, in helping to build the orphanage over the last year.
More about Regency's work in Atlanta
Regency helped metro Atlanta-based Turnaround Ministries to build a children's home for underprivileged children near its Atlanta office.
We pledged $75,000 of matching funds toward the development of a 22+ acre property and remodeling of a nine-bedroom house that sits on it.
Turnaround exists to provide a positive, safe environment for at-risk children whose parents lack the means to care for them. The organization assumes parental rights over the children, giving them a sense of belonging as part of the Turnaround family. The organization remains committed to their well-being for life and actively looks to reconcile the parent-child relationship –– encouraging counseling, rehabilitation when necessary, and parenting classes.
Regency also works closely with the Atlanta Dream Center to help the city's homeless and underprivileged population.
More about Regency's work in Africa
Various teams at Regency sponsor children in Uganda through Africa Renewal Ministries. In total, the company sponsors 24 children through the ministry right now, sowing into their education and general wellbeing.
Regency CEO Ron Regenstreif is visiting the children's home in Uganda at the time of this post's publication.
More about Regency's work with Joni and Friends
Last year, Regency collected and shipped 3,084 wheelchairs to the disabled in need around the world through its partnership with Joni and Friends. Regency has facilitated the collection and refurbishment of wheelchairs through its six warehouses across the country for
We work with more organizations worldwide, too. Read more about Regency's causes here.